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Bald Eagle Chick Hatches on Anacapa Island For First Time In More Than 60 Years

Posted on Monday, June 13, 2011 12:29am

The National Park Service says for the first time in more than six decades, a bald eagle chick has hatched on Anacapa Island.  Bald eagles nearly became extinct in the region in the 1970′s and 80′s, after chemical pollution affected their ability to breed.  With the birds on the brink of extinction, the remaining bald eagles were captured, and a breeding program was used to get their numbers up enough to keep them from totally disappearing.  A dozen chicks have hatched so far this breeding season, and there are an estimated 60 to 70 of the birds now living in the islands, with births taking place on half of the islands.

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